I just posted this over at Inside Higher Ed, in response to an op-ed there today spewing the usual politically correct “diversity” blather:
I’m all for casting a wide net, so that everyone knows about the opportunities in the STEM area. I’m all for encouraging a wide range of experiences and perspectives among those who go into this area. I’m all for providing resources to those who lack them to pursue their opportunities here.
What I’m against, though–and what is illogical and illegal–is using skin color and national origin as a proxy for not knowing about opportunities, or thinking a particular way or having a particular background, or lacking resources. THAT is stereotyping and THAT is illegal.
This is all so obvious that I cannot help but suspect that the principal motivation here is not better education but politically correct numbers.